Definition of embezzle
embezzlingplay \im-ˈbe-z(ə-)liŋ, em-\
: to appropriate (something, such as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use embezzled thousands of dollars
embezzlementplay \im-ˈbe-zəl-mənt, em-\ noun
embezzlerplay \im-ˈbe-z(ə-)lər, em-\ noun
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Examples of embezzle in a Sentence
He was caught embezzling money from his clients.
He was convicted of embezzling.
Recent Examples of embezzle from the Web
A former Shelby County town clerk was charged Friday for embezzling more than $8,000 last year, Acting U.S. Attorney Robert Posey announced.
In March, the party secretary from the county that includes Tuanjie was expelled from the party and faces criminal charges for having allegedly embezzled more than 174,000 yuan ($25,000).
Authorities from the U.S. Department of Justice suspect that Red Granite co-founder Riza Aziz may have helped his stepfather, Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, embezzle $4.5 billion from a political development scheme in that part of the world.
What: In this Alfred Hitchcock classic, a secretary (Leigh) who is on the run for embezzling, checks into the secluded Bates Motel, whose peculiar proprietor (Perkins) is manipulated by his domineering mother.
Grand theft, Smith Road: A Burton woman, 41, allegedly embezzled about $1,100 from her employer, Advance Auto Parts, 5891 Smith.
The former executive director of an Iowa nonprofit that promotes healthy, affordable school meals is accused of embezzling at least $169,000 over a five-year period, according to an audit released Thursday.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Prosecutors in El Salvador have charged the head of the Central American country’s prisons with embezzling $5.6 million.
Later, Duke discovered the Rosses had embezzled $1 million of her earnings.
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Did You Know?
English has a lot of verbs that mean to steal - some more specific than others. "Pilfer," "purloin," "rob," "swipe," "plunder," "filch," and "thieve" are some noted examples. "Embezzle" differs from these by stressing the improper appropriation of property to which a person is entrusted - often in the form of company funds. First appearing in English in the 15th century, embezzle derives via Middle English from the Anglo-French embesiller, meaning "to make away," formed from the prefix en- and the verb besiller, meaning "to steal or plunder." Related to "embezzle" is "bezzle," a verb used in some British English dialects to mean "to waste or plunder" or "to drink or eat to excess."
Origin and Etymology of embezzle
Middle English embesilen, from Anglo-French embesiller to make away with, from en- + besiller to steal, plunder
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
EMBEZZLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of embezzle for English Language Learners
: to steal money that you have been trusted with
EMBEZZLE Defined for Kids
Definition of embezzle for Students
: to steal (money or property) despite being entrusted to take care of it The banker embezzled money from his customers.
Origin and Etymology of embezzle
Anglo-French embeseiller to make away with, from en-, prefix stressing completion + beseller to snatch, misappropriate, from Old French, to destroy
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